Posted by: pastordiehl   in Uncategorized

We have an elderly widow in a nursing home that has expressed a desire to become an official member of New Hope. We have membership guidelines that includes completing the New Members Class, active attendance, and submitting a photo. This shut-in lady can do none of that. So, officially, she is ineligible.

However, we are cutting her some slack due to her circumstances. She did attend here periodically in the past, has been baptized, accepted the Lord as her Savior, and now desires to become a member. Why should we deprive her of her desire in her last days?

So, we are bending our rules for her. This weekend our elders will consider her application, and, I expect, approve her as a member. Do you agree or disagree that we should bend our rules for this lady? Why or why not?

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I agree. I find nothing in my Bible to make her ineligible. I know her. She has great faith and loves the Lord. Bingo!

April 28th, 2011 at 10:15 am
Beth Smith

I’m sorry I am so late in reading this. I truly pray you let this woman become an official member of the church. I don’t think God would be so strict as to saying she can’t meet all the rules, as He knows her heart. I’m not sure I would want to attend a church that would deny her this wish……

June 7th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

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